NORTHERN Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) will add one level in each of its three buildings to accommodate newly-donated beds. A truckfull of beds and other facilities equivalent to one surgical room was donated by the World Medical Relief to NMMC last Thursday through the auspices of the Misamis Oriental Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MOFCCCI).

It took the whole day yesterday for workers to unload all the equipment in the 20-foot container van at the NMMC façade. The beds, needles, dialysis machines and other surgical equipment turned over yesterday were worth US$800,000.

World Medical Relief Philippines coordinator Dr. David Zarate said four more container vans full of medical equipment will arrive by January from its headquarters in Michigan. Because of this, NMMC chief of hospital Dr. Jose Chan said he will replace all of the old manual beds with the new automatic beds donated by the World Medical Relief. Three additional floors will be constructed as well.

Zarate also announced that two 500 kvA generators will be donated by the World Medical Relief for the hospital, too.These generators were in turn donated by veterans hospitals in the United States whose generator sets were ordered replaced through the stimulus package of President Obama.

MOFCCCI headed by president Robert Ching, was able to broker the donation because Zarate is a member of the group.

Dr. Zarate also added that two 500KVA Cummins generators are coming in by November, ‘these generators will ensure that there will be no power interruptions in the services, especially now that the Mindanao is experience power outages,’ Dr. Zarate said.

with article by Mark Francisco of Gold Star Daily

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